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Heather Van Diest, MPH, MSSW, LCSW

Dell Children's Medical Center
4900 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723
Phone: 1-855-924-0091
Fax: 1-512-380-7532


The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, MPH

The University of Texas at Austin, MS, Social Work

Care Information

Clinical Biography

Heather Van Diest is a licensed clinical Social Worker at UT Health Austin’s Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease at Dell Children’s Medical Center. She received her BA in psychology at Suffolk University in Boston, MA and completed her Master of Science in Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Heather has extensive experience working with children at some of the leading pediatric hospitals in the nation including, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Seattle Children’s and The Children’s Cancer Hospital at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She provides and oversees clinical social work activities to ensure high-quality services are delivered to patients and families with congenital heart disease. Heather works collaboratively within the multidisciplinary team to provide compassionate, family-centered care. In addition, she participates in and leads research, education, and quality initiative projects to study and improve the psychosocial care provided to congenital heart families. Heather is also an Assistant Professor of Practice, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin.


  • Coordinate services for patients and families
  • Research education
  • Social Work Consultant

Board Certification

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Awards & Honors

  • Dell Children’s Excellence in Action Award, 2016
  • Travis County Child Protection Team - Team Excellence Award, 2014
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